City Council Meetings – Week of May 12th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to appropriate $766,961 from Free Cash to the Newton Contributory Retirement System’s Pension Contribution as a one-time infusion of cash to maintain the current pension funding schedule for full funding in FY2020
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to the Law Department’s Claims and Settlements Account for future claims settlement
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund FY2019 Overtime expenditures in the Fire Department
  • Request to appropriate $5,600 in Fire Department fine revenue to fund enforcement, training, and education of Fire Department officers in accordance with MGL Chapter 148A, Section 5
  • Request authorization to enter into five-year contract terms for solid waste and recycling collection and disposal services
  • Request authorization to enter into a five-year lease agreement for electric and hybrid vehicles to replace sedan fleet
  • Request authorization to transfer $75,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 2 of 3 phases of the city-wide APS (Audible Pedestrian Signal) Installation Project
  • Request authorization to transfer $75,000 from Budget Reserve to purchase pavement marking and crosswalk painting equipment to bring the work in-house
  • Request authorization to transfer $150,000 from Budget Reserve to fund street light repairs
  • Request to appropriate $3 million from Free Cash to fund the City’s Accelerated Road Repair Program
  • Request to rescind a previously granted Council Order to bond $2.2 million and instead authorize and appropriate $2.2 million from Sewer Fund Surplus -Available for Appropriation to fund Sewer System Inflow and Infiltration 2018 Project Area 6
  • Request authorization to accept and expend $3,434,000 MWRA grant and authorization to borrow $1,145,000 as part of the MWRA interest free Phase 12 loan grant to to fund sewer improvements
  • Request to appropriate $3.2 million from bonded indebtedness to fund the continuation of the City’s Water Main Improvement Plan

The Finance Committee will also review the following budgets and their related Capital Improvement Projects and Supplemental Capital Improvement Projects:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund consulting services to the Planning Department to hire subject matter experts for projects – See Planning Memo
  • Request for discussion and adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan – See Planning Memo
  • Request adoption of amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula to calculate payments in lieu of providing affordable units and other improvements – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend the zoning ordinances to define short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses and identify appropriate zoning districts and create criteria for permitting – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend city ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance and establish fees that would require registration with the Inspectional Services and Fire Departments – See Planning Memo

Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at City Hall. The agenda includes open public comment, and update on open health questions, and finalizing voting. The most recent report from the Blue Ribbon Commission can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda will be largely focused on a presentation by the Development Team for the Northland petition – specifically on Stormwater Management, Sustainability and Design Guidelines (See Planning Memo) and a discussion on an agreement for an Extension of Time to open up the public hearing for the Riverside petition #140-19(2).

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of the CVS at 1199 Centre Street
  • Request for:  a) a 2-hour parking restriction, on both sides, school days on Bullough Park between Mill Street and Dexter Road to deter student parking and b)no parking within 20 feet of Bulloughs Park and Mill Street intersection
  • Request to make revisions to the Traffic Parking Regulations related to the Carr School Parking District including – changing the name of the parking district, removing access restrictions onto Nevada Street, adding blue zone on Nevada Street, removing the bus zones from Nevada Street and possible modifications to other parking and permit override regulations within the District
  • Request to add the following streets into the new Newton Highlands Parking District:
    • Bowdoin Street (between Forest and Lincoln)
    • Chester Street (between Forest and Lincoln)
    • Erie Avenue
    • Hartford Street
    • Standish Street
  • Request to add language to the Transportation Parking Regulations to allow residents who live in housing units on streets or street segments included in a neighborhood parking district which abut more than one street to choose which of the abutting streets the resident permit parking permits and/or visitor parking permits shall be valid